Patrick Thorne

08 May 19

Fire in La Rosiere

Patrick Thorne

08 May 19

Buildings in The French ski resort of La Rosiere are reported to have been damaged by fire last Friday evening/Saturday morning (May 3rd/4th).

The details of the fire, which was first noticed at 11pm, have now been made public.

They report that as the resort had closed for the season the previous weekend there were few people about, however one person has been injured due to smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital.

25 apartments in one apartment block have been damaged but the fire did not spread to other buildings.  The fire was extinguished by 70 firefighters from Bourg St Maurice in the valley below who are reported to have used 25 vehicles.

The fire is the latest to impact French ski resorts in recent months although there is no suggestion of any connection between the events.

Two people were killed in a fire in Courchevel in January and more than 400 evacuated from Les Arcs, across the valley from La Rosiere, in February when three fires were reported,

“It’s likely it was arson,” Michel Giraudy, mayor of nearby commune of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, told Le Parisien at the time.

Another fire at a cable car station in the Chamonix Valley last autumn knocked out the main lifts up to the highest point of the Grands Montets ski area. That was put down to an accident caused by workers who were renovating the building at the time.